Statistics

Professor Braun has graduated seventeen Ph.D. students, forty-seven M.S. students and forty-four B.S. students from his research program. Five of these students are in faculty positions at U.S. universities; many others are at NASA or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

* Includes summer semesters spent at internships away from campus, which most SSDL students complete.

Current Students

PhD Students

Hisham Ali

Hisham Ali
PhD Candidate
Muscle Shoals, AL
hisham.ali@gatech.edu

Research Topic: In-Situ Energy Harvesting During Planetary Entry

Dave Blette

Dave Blette
PhD Candidate
Janesville, WI
dblette@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Supersonic Retropropulsion Transition Dynamics

Keir Gonyea

Keir Gonyea
PhD Candidate
Naperville, IL
keir@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Atmospheric-Breathing Supersonic Retropropulsion Design and Analysis

Kip Hart

Kip Hart
PhD Candidate
Baltimore, MD
khart@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Aerodynamic Modeling of Resident Space Objects

Casey Heidrich

Casey Heidrich
PhD Candidate
Davis, CA
crheidrich@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Small Mars Lander Entry, Descent and Landing

Lin Li

Lin Li
PhD Candidate
Santa Barbara, CA
lli313@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Structural Design of Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators

Grant Rossman

Grant Rossman
PhD Candidate
San Diego, CA
grant.rossman@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Thermal Design of Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators

Adam Sidor

Adam Sidor
PhD Candidate
Hershey, PA
adam.sidor@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Thermal Protection System Design and Manufacturing

John Theisinger

John Theisinger
PhD Candidate
Houston, TX
john.e.theisinger@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Multifidelity Aerothermodynamic Shape Optimization of Hypersonic Entry Systems

MS Students

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson
Masters Candidate
Roanoke, VA
tanderson38@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Supersonic Retropropulsion Flight Dynamics

Rob Booher

Rob Booher
Masters Candidate
Maryville, TN
rmbooher@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Reuseable Shroud Reentry System

Evan Roelke

Evan Roelke
Masters Candidate
Morristown, NJ
eroelke3@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Design of a Titan Entry, Descent and Splashdown System

Michael Werner

Michael Werner
Masters Candidate
Broomfield, CO
mwerner9@gatech.edu

Research Topic: SmallSat Aerocapture Flight Test

Bryce Woollard

Bryce Woollard
Masters Candidate
Carpentersville, IL
bwoollard3@gatech.edu

Research Topic: Flight instrumentation and small probes

Past Students

PhD Students

Masters Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Shelby Bottoms, BS, May 2015
    Post-Graduation: MS at University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Lei Acuna, BS, May 2015
    Post-Graduation: U.S. Navy
  • Tyler Anderson, BS, May 2013
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Kyle Jewitt, BS, May 2013
    Post-Graduation: Boeing Corporation
  • Jason Ginn, BS, May 2013
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Molly Bittner, BS, Dec 2012
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Nicole Bauer, BS, May 2010
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Bryan Chan, BS, May 2010
    Post-Graduation: MS at Stanford University
  • Jessica Juneau, BS, May 2010
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Stephanie Stout, BS, May 2010
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • William Sun, BS, May 2010
    Post-Graduation: MBA at Duke University
  • Kento Masayuma, BS, May 2009
    Post-Graduation: MS at MIT
  • Tommy Yu, BS, May 2009
    Post-Graduation: MS at Stanford University
  • Jenny Kelly, BS, Dec 2008
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Brandon Smith, BS, Dec 2008
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Christine Hartzell, BS, May 2008
    Post-Graduation: MS and PhD at UC-Boulder, then faculty member at University of Maryland
  • Kyle Hott, BS, May 2008
    Post-Graduation: Northrup Grumman Corporation
  • Scott Martinelli, BS, May 2008
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Daniel Matz, BS, May 2008
    Post-Graduation: NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Laura Place, BS, May 2008
    Post-Graduation: United Space Alliance, Houston
  • Amanda Verges, BS, Dec 2007
    Post-Graduation: MS at Stanford University, then GE Energy Systems
  • Chris Cordell, BS, May 2007
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Alex Hreiz, BS, May 2007
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Jarret Lafleur, BS, May 2007
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Charity Lewis, BS, May 2007
    Post-Graduation: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Kavya Manyapu, BS, Dec 2006
    Post-Graduation: Lockheed Martin, Houston
  • Dale Arney, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: MS at National Institute for Aerospace
  • Christian De Jong, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Kevin Flaherty, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Sarah Hornbeck, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bob Jurenko, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Brandon Luders, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: MS at MIT
  • Stephen O’Keefe, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: AMA, NASA Langley
  • Chester Ong, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Waqar Zaidi, BS, May 2006
    Post-Graduation: AMA, NASA Langley
  • John Christian, BS, May 2005
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Elizabeth Deems, BS, May 2005
    Post-Graduation: MS at MIT, then JPL
  • Andy Etters, BS, May 2004
    Post-Graduation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Scott Francis, BS, May 2004
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
  • Zach Putnam, BS, May 2004
    Post-Graduation: MS at Georgia Tech
 

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